Chris Petersen has reportedly agreed a contract extension with the Washington Huskies, which will make him the highest-paid head coach in the Pac-12.
Several months back, we reported that Chris Petersen was in talks with the Washington Huskies, to negotiate a second contract extension. Interestingly, speculation indicated the new deal could be for as long as 10 additional years.
On Monday, the Huskies finally came to an agreement with Petersen. And while the extension is not for another decade, it’s a step in the right direction.
As reported by The Seattle Times‘ Adam Jude, the extension will keep the 52-year old in Washington until 2023. In addition, it is believed he will become the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12 Conference, at $4.875 million per season.
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Pure and simple, Petersen thoroughly deserves the new deal after rejuvenating the Huskies. This includes last season, when they won their first Conference Championship since 2000, while making their inaugural appearance in the College Football Playoffs.
The Yuba City, California native has also won the Heart of Dallas Bowl and three Apple Cups, two of which were achieved in Pullman. Overall, he gone 27-14 during three seasons in charge of the program.
In truth, there should be little surprise in the success Petersen has achieved. He previously became one of just two coaches to win the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award twice, while helped prompt the Huskies to pursue him in the first place.
Proof of the value of the former Boise State head coach also comes in his loyalty to those around him. As reported by Jude, the Huskies’ returning assistant coaches will also receive contract extensions.
Petersen made this a priority, when he started to negotiation his own deal with the school. The Huskies are expected to make a formal announcement of all the extensions later on this week.
What is your opinion on this reported contract extension? Are you among the majority who are excited about keeping Petersen around long-term, or do you have any concerns whatsoever about the deal? Share your thoughts in the comments section.